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by Northern Blue
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Stand Up Paddleboarding
Topic: 12v Inflators
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: 12v Inflators

Went for a McConks in the end, easily inflated 2 boards to 18psi last night. Will see how it lasts longer term.
by Northern Blue
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice for learning to surf a sea kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 529

Re: Advice for learning to surf a sea kayak

Four or five seconds is short. Head out beyond the break where you can turn without risk of a breaking wave broaching you. Get set up and turn hard on the peak of the swell, where there’s less resistance to the turn. The Scorpio is a big heavy lump, so anything you can do to help it turn will benefi...
by Northern Blue
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Stand Up Paddleboarding
Topic: 12v Inflators
Replies: 2
Views: 85

12v Inflators

Inflating 2 iSups to 18psi before each paddle is getting tiresome. Any recommendations for a reliable 12v inflator ?

TIA
by Northern Blue
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1496

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

I upgraded from a Palm tow line to one of the Whetmans last year and used it loads on practice sessions. It’s a superb bit of kit, with a short tow built in too. I don’t mind the size of the bag, which some complain is a bit intrusive as it’s on the large side, but this helps with repacking. I’ve he...
by Northern Blue
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 949

Re: Towing eyes

I agree with the previous comments, in a collision with another vehicle, it won’t matter much. If you’re a decent driver, the chances of hitting a pedestrian are pretty remote and if your luck did run out, the chances of the towing eye hitting them are lower again. I don’t have a front towing eye on...
by Northern Blue
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Locking mechanism on Celtic paddles
Replies: 2
Views: 359

Re: Locking mechanism on Celtic paddles

I’ve had my Sea Pro with leverlock since 2013/14 and as much as it’s been dropped in the sand on several occasions, it always gets rinsed off and I’ve never had any issues with it going together, locking or releasing. It’s as smooth as the day I bought it.
by Northern Blue
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: FAO Sinker
Replies: 2
Views: 430

Re: FAO Sinker

PM sent !
by Northern Blue
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: FAO Sinker
Replies: 2
Views: 430

FAO Sinker

@sinker I have tried to reply to your PM, but it looks like you have disabled PM receipt in your set up. Let me know when you’ve changed the setting and I’ll try again,

Ken.
by Northern Blue
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 12ft or 14ft kayak?
Replies: 15
Views: 794

Re: 12ft or 14ft kayak?

Fun2Bgrey.... it’s great if you are managing to get your kayak on to the car at the moment, but if you start to struggle as you get older, consider a Karitek roof rack system which slides over the side of the car and allows you to load/unload at a manageable height. My partner has one fitted to her ...
by Northern Blue
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Delphin 155 or Scorpio LV
Replies: 13
Views: 620

Re: Delphin 155 or Scorpio LV

I’m biased towards the Scorpio, but only because it’s such a good boat and does everything I ask of it. It surfs well, but once or twice the bow has dug in as @charleston14 says, but it soon lifts back out when you turn. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/70355/1563607843437-6056.png Is ...
by Northern Blue
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Delphin 155 or Scorpio LV
Replies: 13
Views: 620

Re: Delphin 155 or Scorpio LV

I’m biased towards the Scorpio, but only because it’s such a good boat and does everything I ask of it. It surfs well, but once or twice the bow has dug in as @charleston14 says, but it soon lifts back out when you turn.

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by Northern Blue
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommend me a PLB
Replies: 13
Views: 964

Re: Recommend me a PLB

Another McMurdo Fastfind 220 user, except I opted for their Ranger model, which was confirmed by McMurdo as being exactly the same technical spec as the FF220, but has a more robust case, which keeps mine a bit safer when I use it in the mountains.
by Northern Blue
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DSC VHF Woes
Replies: 4
Views: 555

Re: DSC VHF Woes

Thanks Ian, The radio is not used inside an Aquapac or similar. I carry it in the front pocket of my PFD with the aerial protruding from the zip and prior to this fault developing, the radio wasn’t submerged at any point. Two days earlier I was playing in small surf on Tiree, but my PFD was barely s...
by Northern Blue
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DSC VHF Woes
Replies: 4
Views: 555

DSC VHF Woes

Standard Horizon HX870E I was out for a day paddle from Tayvallich, Mid West Symposium on Friday and had one of three radios in our group. While we were test calling each other before setting off, it soon became apparent that my radio was jammed in transmit and was continually blocking the other rad...
by Northern Blue
Fri May 31, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: high top transit roof rack advise please
Replies: 24
Views: 1060

Re: high top transit roof rack advise please

I’m another fan of Karitek’s ELRR. When I bought my Peugeot Boxer based camper in 2017, my first port of call was Karitek and the rack has seen a lot of use in those 2 years, allowing me to load 2 kayaks singlehandedly. A kayaking friend also has a Boxer based camper and went down the fixed roof rac...
by Northern Blue
Sun May 12, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Compass for deck with a ridge line.
Replies: 6
Views: 558

Re: Compass for deck with a ridge line.

Failing any better suggestions coming along, I’d be tempted to get a piece of stiff rubber, such as the type that boat trailer rollers are made from and shape the bottom to suit the shape of your ridge line and leave the top flat to mount the compass. You’d then have a choice of drilling and bolting...
by Northern Blue
Fri May 10, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 1028

Re: Stash your paddle float

then use my extended paddle over my shoulder, to counter lifting one end of my boat up, emptying the vast majority of water from the cockpit..... Why a vast amount of water in the cockpit?..... I should have made that clearer, I didn’t say there would be a vast amount of water in the cockpit, I sai...
by Northern Blue
Thu May 09, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 1028

Re: Stash your paddle float

There may be times when a re-entry roll isn’t an option, such as an injury, disability or not having achieved that skill yet. For that reason, I also practice a self rescue technique that I was taught, where I initially leave my boat upside down, fit and inflate my paddle float, then use my extended...
by Northern Blue
Thu May 09, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 1028

Re: Stash your paddle float

Mine sits under a foredeck elastic, but it’s the inflatable type, so sits flat and I can easily reach it while the boat is upside down. I’m not sure I’m envisaging correctly your thought on having it attached to an assembled paddle, which wouldn’t work for me. I carry spare splits on my foredeck and...
by Northern Blue
Tue May 07, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 877

Re: Paddle recommendations

I can’t fault my 4 piece Celtic Sea Pro, cranked carbons. I went for slightly larger blades and have been using 700s for the last couple of years.
by Northern Blue
Sat May 04, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 1006

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Excellent video, makes me wish I’d never moved inland ;-)
by Northern Blue
Sat May 04, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 1006

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Yes Northern Blue, I can confirm it’s working, we picked you up loud and clear at Newbiggin Lifeboat Station. Thanks for the confirmation Rod, it was obviously just the location over on the west coast, exactly as Douglas stated. I take it neither yourselves or Blyth had any call outs ?.... the Nort...
by Northern Blue
Sat May 04, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 1006

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Radio is fine, Humber CG responded immediately to a test call from Blyth Harbour earlier.

Thanks for all the tips.
by Northern Blue
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 1006

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Thanks everyone for your pointers, I tried the radio yesterday at Auchencairn and got no response from Belfast CG or an ‘any vessel’ shout. I just got back to Durham today and will be down the coast at the weekend, where I’ll try Humber CG or another ‘any vessel’ shout again. If that fails to get a ...
by Northern Blue
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 1006

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Douglas, my PLB is last resort back up, after the VHF and mobile phone. I was paddling with a mutual friend a couple of days ago and was told the story of the gunman at Knockbrex.... scary !!
by Northern Blue
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry Suits - Sea Paddling
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

Re: Dry Suits - Sea Paddling

........ - other recommended alternatives........ My Typhoon MS4 was excellent value for money, until I damaged my shoulder in a head on road traffic collision and the shoulder entry became problematic on solo paddles. I sold it and upgraded to the waist entry, Typhoon PS 330 Extreme, which is an a...
by Northern Blue
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 1006

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Rich, never a problem with sucking eggs.... and yes ‘TX’ is showing on the screen when pressing the PTT button and antenna checked religiously before every trip. (Recently retired emergency services with personal radio in use on a daily basis) :-)
by Northern Blue
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 1006

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Definitely on high, but need to check the ‘Int’ setting. Nothing’s been changed in settings since I last used it at home, when Humber responded.
by Northern Blue
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 1006

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Interesting Chris and thanks again. The Cumbrian mast might have been just out of line of sight, depending on its actual height above sea level, but the one on the Isle Of Man had a clear line to it.
by Northern Blue
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 1006

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

It’s obviously an iPad thing. I’ve just tried going in via Safari and it hasn’t helped. Unfortunately I’m away from home and my laptop at the moment, but will have a look when I get back next week. Edit - Just downloaded Google Chrome for the iPad and still no details on the map :-(